liu.seSearch for publications in DiVA
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Management control of Swedish SMEs: Swedish small and medium-sized enterprises’ management control mechanisms in the Asian business environment
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: The Swedish economy is dependent on exports as it represents 45% of the country's GDP. Simultaneously, Swedish exporting market shares are decreasing on a global scale. In the Swedish government's export strategy which is primarily aimed at Swedish SMEs, the goal is to benefit from future growth expected to originate from the Asian marketplace. The Asian region is expected to represent 44% of future economic growth until 2020, compared to 19% and 23% in Europe and North America respectively. More Swedish SMEs therefore need to enter the Asian market and in order to implement their strategies and operate efficiently, well-suited management control systems must be in place.

Purpose: This study’s objective is to identify implemented features of management control systems in Swedish SMEs' located on the Asian marketplace, as to facilitate sustainable future market presence.

Contribution: The study identifies several management control aspects which affect a successful establishment of Swedish SMEs on the Asian marketplace, through subsidiaries or strategic partnerships, namely control tightness, communication, budgeting, incentive systems, cultural controls, and end customer controls. The extent to how and when such mechanisms are efficient are dependent on several contingent factors relating to for example national culture, type of presence, and the industry in which the SMEs operate.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 82 p.
Keyword [en]
Management control, Swedish SME, Asia, Export, Subsidiary, Partner
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-131064ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-A--16/02236--SEOAI: diva2:958373
Subject / course
Master Thesis in International Business and Economics Programme (Business Administration); Master Thesis in Business and Economics Programme (Business Administration)
Available from: 2016-09-07 Created: 2016-09-07 Last updated: 2016-09-07Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(1102 kB)14 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 1102 kBChecksum SHA-512
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
Business AdministrationFaculty of Arts and Sciences
Business Administration

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 14 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 108 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link